One Direction: ‘They’re not the murderers of music,’ says film director Morgan Spurlock

Director tells NME why he's got sympathy for the Directioners...

Morgan Spurlock has spoken about his One Direction film One Of Us to NME – and has insisted that the boyband shouldn’t be seen as the “murderers of music”.

Spurlock’s documentary chronicles what life is like on the road for one of the world’s most successful pop acts and, in an interview which can be read on NME.COM/blogs, he admitted he was a fan of the group. “I’ve been to 35-plus One Direction concerts,” he said. “You can’t go to 35 shows and not be a fan. Well, you could but it would be infinitely more difficult.”

When it was suggested that the film portrayed a suspiciously squeaky-clean image of the band, he replied: “I think people would love for them to be naked and strung out and hanging from a flagpole, but it’s just not happening.”

Asked for his thoughts on whether One Direction were a corporate pop band, meanwhile – especially as the documentary opens with the name of Simon Cowell’s entertainment company Syco – the filmmaker said: “I feel that any time you see something done by a studio it’s an endorsed product. Syco doesn’t manage the band – they just put out the music. For me when I look at this film, I think the way that it explores what they’re dealing with and where they are, it’s the story to tell.

“I don’t think these guys are the murderers of music or the demons that have destroyed art,” he added. “They didn’t kill the radio star.”

Spurlock also said that despite One Direction’s rabid fanbase, who recently started a Twitter campaign against Pete Townshend after erroneously believing that The Who had tried to have the boyband’s single ‘Best Song Ever’ banned, he wasn’t worried about a negative reaction to his film. “You can’t please everybody,” he said. “I’ve made a career out of making people unhappy so I’m not worried. Sometimes when you upset people it’s a good thing. I try to think, what might the fans be upset about, and it’s only things that might have been left out.”

Earlier this month, the premiere of One Of Us generated 3.9 million tweets in just one evening. The figure of 3.6 million tweets was divided up between two million on the premiere itself, which saw the band attend a screening of the film in London’s Leicester Square, and a further 1.9 million tweets appearing on the hashtag #1DMoviePremiere, set up in conjunction with the event.

Four thousand fans lined the streets outside the Empire cinema in central London, squeezing into specially-built pens. Some fans lined up for three days to get the best position and meet the band while hundreds of other fans crowded around the square’s perimeter hoping to see their heroes.